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♪ anholm. i know i'm not going out on a limb by saying that senate minority leader mitch mcconnell is a very conservative republican. let's take a look at his voting record. he has repeatedly voted against a women's right to choose. he thinks there should be a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. he wants to overturn obamacare. he voted for banning affirmative action hiring and he has received an a rating with the nra because of his pro-gun stance. but his support of the recent fiscal cliff deal has some republicans seeing red. so red that they have launched an online campaign against him. a conservative actionist is
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behind it. and he said it is to make it emphatically clear that is unacceptable. mcconnell works with democrats to avoid economic catastrophe, and that is 100% unacceptable! coming to us tonight from washington, d.c. to discuss republican intransigence and the right on right things is he's a resident fellow with american enterprise institute. norm is also the author of "it's even worse than it looks". how the american constitutional system collided with the new politics of extremism. norm glad to have you back inside "the war room." >> it is always a great pleasure
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to be with you, jennifer. >> jennifer: all right. so do you think that the ad campaign against mitch mcconnell will somehow make him less likely to deal with democrats when it comes to the debt ceiling? >> first i would like to thank brent because all of this is great for sales of the book. it shows how you have a republican party that has a large faction, the dominant faction that has moved to the fringes of american politics and compromise is out of bounds for them. for mcconnell there's a real dilemma here that has two components to it. the first is he is up for reelection in 2014 in a state where he is no longer the king maker. he did everything he could to keep rand paul from winning nomination two years ago, and
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failed miserably. now he has hired paul's campaign manager, has his own campaign manager, but he has to worry a little bit about pressure from the right. and john boehner has pretty much taken himself out of the lead-dog role in negotiating with the administration and that makes it fall back on o'connell for the fiscal issues immigration, probably guns and a host of other issues where everything that mcconnell does to reach a deal -- look at that fiscal cliff resolution. 89 senator voted for it. pat tumy voted for it. moderates who joined with mitch mcconnell but that's not enough to avoid the wrath of the right or to win over enough republicans in the house. so this is going to be a tough few months for senator mcconnell.
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>> jennifer: it's so fascinating, because you wonder whether somebody like senator mcconnell wants to be in the lead dog position. do you think that baner is kind of relieved that mitch mcconnell has taken the mantel and he just gets the drags of whatever is sent back over. >> i think in his heart of hearts, john boehner would love to have a different caucus that would be a little more pliable, and willing to let him be the legislature. but right now he realizes he can't get much of anything done unless you have it forced upon the house, and frankly in the house, where -- you know, even with those 89 senator and almost all of the republicans supporting it he could barely get a third of his own caucus. the only thing he'll get things done is with more democrats than republicans, and that puts more pressure on mcconnell and will leave some pressure on boehner.
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>> jennifer: many people say that boehner is not a good leader. why -- you have written about this, and you disagree that he is not a good leader. why? >> well you know, as you know from your own service, leadership requires one thing above all others followership. and if you don't have followers, the dilemma becomes very very great. so when i look at the dilemma that boehner had in the negotiations over the fiscal cliff where even when he came back to his colleagues and said i need something to give me a little bit of leverage with the president, his so-called plan b which i thought was an unfortunate choice of terms. >> jennifer: for many reasons. >> this wasn't an over the counter remedy as it turned
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out -- he was spurned. and what he did in a caucus that rebelled against him was still to figure out a way to get it done without a catastrophe. what he did was save the radicals in the caucus from themselves. it was an exercise of leadership. >> jennifer: yeah. with all of this, norm as the expert on whether congress is going to be effective or not? will this congress be just as unproductive as the last one, or is there hope? >> you have to say about the last one, that it set the bar so low, and that means it's not even on the ground it's underneath the ground that it would be hard for this congress to do worse. that's a challenge for them but when you look at some of these issues out there, you have a chance now of a comprehensive
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immigration bill. six months ago we would have said that chance was close to zero, but that is turning around. we're seeing a refraining of the gun issue that really does alter the landscape some. there are bipartisan major advertise for dealing with infrastructure. it doesn't take all of that much to get us past the fiscal issue for now, another trillion dollars that may be doable and you put that together with the new opportunities in energy and it -- we're not that far away from something reasonably productive. >> jennifer: all right. >> but we have lunatics we're dealing with here. >> jennifer: for sure. maybe your next book instead of it's even worse than it looks, maybe it's not as bad as it looks. that's he's a resident fellow with american enterprise institute. norm is also the author of "it's even worse than it looks." thanks so good for joining us inside "the war room." up next, a sensitive topic, and
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sadly one that gets very little at attention, and that is the culture of rape in our military and beyond. that story when we return. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us.
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♪ >> jennifer: i want to talk about a topic that gets far less attention than it deserves and that's military rape. a woman in the military is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. according to the defense department, an estimated 19,000 military personnel are raped every year but few of these
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assaults are actually reported. in 2011 only about 3,200 rape reports were filed. so former senator, vietnam vet, chuck hagel should change this culture of sexual violence in the ranks. and "the war room"'s christine pelosi has advice on how we should do this. christine thanks for coming back on this very sensitive issue. if he does get the nomination what should he do to change the culture inside of the defense department? >> i think before chuck hagel is nominated, when he goes on his courtesy visits to the senator. he should meet with senator who have been working with survivors of military rape. including those women featured in the movie called "the invisible war." and it details these women -- very courageous stories and how they were not believed
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by the military and how they are getting problems having their va claims filled and the sexual trauma. already since that movie came out there has been some changes. barber boxer made it an end to the waivers they used to have for people convicted of sexual assault. now if you are convicted of sexual assault you cannot enter the military. it ends the prohibition on coverage for abortion for military rape cases. hagel voted against abortion coverage for survivors of rape. now as secretary -- [ overlapping speakers ] >> well, not yet, but at least it's in your coverage. so that's a step forward. so he has to number one meet with the survivors.
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he ought to see the movie, "the invisible war." he needs to work with them and now prevent this from happening. and he also needs to really make a plan in this bill the ndda act, each of the branches of the armed services are required within a year to have sexual violence units created, so he needs to expedite that and make sure that the women are treated as equals to the men and that we end this cultural dialogue. >> jennifer: it is a cultural problem. and as you said you can start taking steps to change a culture within a very large organization, and there's been some progressives who have criticized hagel because of his -- you know he is very conservative on social issues on choice very conservative on a number of issues but because
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he has been very conservative does not mean that as leader of the department of defense that he would tolerate a culture of violence against women. and i think that's the line. he has to make it clear that he will not tolerate it. >> chuck hagel is very conservative of these issues. barack obama is very liberal. we need to go with the majority of the people in the country. and we have to break the cultural silence. >> jennifer: right. that's what we're going to talk about next with cenk uygur. christine thank you so much for coming inside "the war room." and all of the writing you are doing on this as well. rape is a big and underreported problem, as christine mentioned in subenville ohio two high school football players are
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going to go on trial next month for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl last september. cenk uygur comes to was the latest. i know we're going to talk about what you are going to have on your show, but since you have been covering this particular case rapes happen every day in america and they often get no press. why is this story garnering so much at attention. >> honestly because anonymous jumped into the fray here. >> jennifer: tell people who anonymous is. >> it's a group that works largely online and hide their identity and to some degree they are a vigilantly group, and they do do hacking from time to time and in this case they were fighting justice and saying these women are being sexually assaulted and there needs to be greatest justice in this case. they uncovered a baseball player
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as well, in fact they found a 12-minute video of him bragging about raping these girls. in fact in this town these guys were called the rape concern. and there was significant concern that the town did not take it as seriously because it involved athletes and people were concerned that there wouldn't be follow up enough in this case. and the transparency that anonymous has caused people to pay more attention which is a good thing. >> jennifer: yeah, for sure. i really appreciate you for covering this on "the young turks" and coming on to tell us a little bit about it. what else have you got going on tonight? >> we have bad news and good news, the bad news is kbr poisoned our troops. toxic chemicals that wound up cooling some of them. but it gets worse, they are make the u.s. taxpayers pay for it. after they poison our troops they make the taxpayers pay for
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it. we have the lawyer in that case on any show today. vice president biden has a meeting with gun-control advocates, including one of the guys that got shot at virginia tech. he is going to be on "the young turks." and he said the meeting went really well. and finally, money out of politics. we even have progress on that front in of all states texas. >> jennifer: all right. see, "the young turks" always on it. thanks, cenk. i can't wait to watch your show. and up next ever else. a few of the storieseseseseseseseseseseseseseseseseseseseseseseseseseses >>we tackle the big issues here in our nation's capital.
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♪ >> jennifer: and now to some really interesting stories that caught my eye. these progressive nuggetsts that we didn't want you to miss. first off, aig, which is of course the taxpayer bailed out insurance giant has decided not to join a lawsuit against the federal government after all. the suit itself in which the former manager said investors weren't properly paid during the bailout, but they have decided not to join that lawsuit. good. and donald berwick is the guy who's domination republicans blocked two years ago. he was set to oversee medicare and medicaid services. donald berwick told the "boston
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globe" that he is considering running for governor of massachusetts. and there is a lot to like about donald berwick like his thoughtful stance on health care. here is what he told us the day the supreme court upheld obamacare. >> this is a wonderful country. we are taking a step towards health care as a human right. that's where we need to go. and we're in a very smart way using the private and public sector together. this isn't a government takeover. this is normal medicine giving the care they want to give. >> jennifer: and the health care community loves him by the way. we hope the governor's office will stay blue one deval patrick moves on. and the battle continues and could be making its way to a fast-food franchise near you. they are slashing employee hours
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to avoid paying for obamacare. they are required to offer health insurance to employees who work more than 30 hours a week. so what are franchise owners doing? cutting hours and as a result cutting paychecks and of course eliminating benefits. some employees are speaking out, like a single mother who works at a taco bell in guthrie, oklahoma. take a listen. >> they informed everybody that nobody was considered full-time any longer that everybody was now be considered part-time. we would be cutting everybody's hours back to 28 hours or less due to obamacare. >> jennifer: which of course begs the question don't we want the people who handle our food to be healthy? okay. progressives it's official. 2012 was the warmest year on record. the average temperature in 2012
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was 55.3 degrees, that beats the previous already by one degrees. in the past average temperature records are usually broken by only a tenth of a degrees. up next we're going to tell you about jonathan freeman's quest to turn the idea that i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us.
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doing that. one is we can raise taxes on people. corporations are people my friend. of course they are. >> jennifer: just -- warms your heart. who could forget this moment from the 2011 iowa state fair? who could have thought that romney's reasoning there could be used to try to get out of a traffic ticket and in to a constitutional debate. jonathan frieman is a san francisco bay resident. he appeared in traffic court on monday to protest a $500 ticket. and that ticket was for a car pool lane violation, where you're supposed to have at least two people in the car. he was driving by himself, but here is the thing. he had incorporation papers for a corporation in the car with him, and now he's claiming hey, if the supreme court says corporations are people shouldn't traffic police as
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well? earlier i sat down with mr. frieman. >> the -- the specific thing that really got me going on this was that years ago i saw the signs on 101 that say that a car pool is for two or more persons. >> jennifer: right. >> persons under the law are defined as human beings or corporations. so why not? why not? >> jennifer: why not? >> why not take a corporation in the car with me -- >> jennifer: so you have these incorporation papers in the car with you. >> right. >> jennifer: you get pulled over by the police you are expecting that this eventually is going to happen, right? >> right. >> jennifer: have you been driving in the car pool lanes for a while? off and on over ten years it was about 25 times. >> jennifer: so you were ready. he pulls you over and says you are in the wrong, and you say? >> right. and i say actually not. i have another person in the car
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with me and these are incorporation papers. [ laughter ] >> and i showed them to him. >> jennifer: what did he say? you smart-aleck you? >> he didn't say that but his look suggested such. he gets the ticket and i sign it. and i said thank you very much for giving me the ticket but i want to let you know under vehicle code 470, it says that persons are corporations and two persons in the car means i'm allowed to be here and he didn't get it. he just kind of yelled at me. you need two persons in the vehicle. >> jennifer: i love this. so of course all of our viewers who know we have been railing about citizens united forever saying corporations are people according to the supreme court. so you decided you are going to fight this ticket. what was the main argument that your lawyer presented. >> obviously the sign says two
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or more persons. i had the incorporation papers to signify a person. the other argument was corporations are persons, there's double meaning to assert that such personhood does not apply in an hoff lane but otherwise does. >> jennifer: so you can't have the word person mean two things if you are going to deprive somebody of their property -- >> exactly. >> jennifer: which the property in your case would be the money you would have to pay for your ticket. so it was a violation of your due process rights as well? >> right. >> jennifer: you obviously have an element of activism for you. citizens united is an issue you have been passionate about. citizens united moved to the birth of the idea in my home but it was more the legal
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structure. years ago i thought instead of fighting all of these environmental battles, why don't we cut corporations in the legal structure and change them so they have to invest in a sustainable future. well it's easier said than done, and one of the issues that came up early on was about corporate personhood. so it was something i thought about for a while. i think it's generally accepted if you take personhood away not a lot can happen to a corporation because people can still gather to make a profit -- >> jennifer: but if you take personhood away will their free speech rights still attach? so the biggest question on everything's mind is what happened in the court? or did the judge decide? >> he deci
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